Here is a by-the-numbers look at the Lakers’ 91-86 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
L.A.’s deficit with 5:59 left in the game. As the Hawks took their largest lead of the contest, the Lakers immediately ripped off a 16-2 run to chop Atlanta’s cushion down to 85-83 with 30.1 seconds left. Led by six points from Carlos Boozer, L.A. shot 7-for-12 during this stretch, while the Hawks missed all eight of their attempts. However, Atlanta settled down from there and ended on a 6-3 run.
Kelly Caps the Run
“They made 3’s,” Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Wesley Johnson got one in the corner, and then (Ryan) Kelly got one coming off a timeout. Boozer hit a couple tough shots. I think we didn’t really execute. … So it was a lack of execution and a lack of scoring for us.”
Second-chance points scored by the Lakers. The home team made the most of its 19 offensive rebounds, as it went 16-for-37 on second chances. On the other end, Atlanta — which averages the fewest second-chance points in the league (10.8) — managed just a single point while missing all four of its mulligan shots.
Clarkson Throws Down Off the Miss
Turnovers committed by the Lakers. L.A. recorded its second-most giveaways of the season, and the Hawks made it pay, scoring 28 points off turnovers. Al Horford created the most defensive problems for the Lakers, tying his career best with five steals. Meanwhile, Boozer and Jeremy Lin each had a game-high four turnovers.
“We may out rebound them, but turnovers were the issue,” Tarik Black said. “You get turnovers, and then (they) get out on the fast break. They had a lot of points off of our turnovers, and that plays a big role in winning and losing a game.”
Points scored by Dennis Schroder, which tied his career high. The German went 7-for-15 from the field and 9-for-11 on free throws to lead all players in scoring. He also tied his personal record with 10 assists to notch his third-ever double-double. The sophomore was Atlanta’s key with the game on the line, as he hit a layup to end L.A.’s late 15-point swing and hit a pair of free throws to ice it with 5.3 seconds left.
“Coach drew the play and trusted me,” Schroder said. “I just tried to challenge myself and tried to go to the cup, and I was wide open and layed it up.”
Rebounds grabbed by the Lakers. Led by Ed Davis’ 13 boards, L.A. hauled in 20 more rebounds than Atlanta. However, the Lakers could not manage to bring down the Hawks, losing for just the sixth time in 68 games when they collect at least 50 rebounds while holding the opponent to 35 or fewer.